A Toyota dealership in San Francisco has been charged with violating U.S. civil rights law by the EEOC. The general manager allegedly called four Afghan – American salesmen “terrorists”. The lawsuit also claims that the manager created a hostile and abusive work environment for Afghan – Americans and threatening to blow them up with a grenade. The salesmen felt they were compelled to resign. The lawsuit seeks back pay, punitive damages and a court order preventing the dealership from engaging in harassment based on national origin. See: http://sfappeal.com/news/2011/08/eeoc-alleges-fremont-toyota-harassed-afghan-american-salesmen.php
According to the Hate Crimes Act of 2000, the NY legislature has declared that a person commits a hate crime when he or she commits a specified offense and either:
a) intentionally selects the person against whom the offense is
committed or intended to be committed in whole or in substantial part
because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national
origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability
or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or
perception is correct, or
b) intentionally commits the act or acts constituting the offense in
whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding
the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious
practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person, regardless
of whether the belief or perception is correct.
Leeds Brown Law, PC is experienced in the area of discrimination law. Our firm has had considerable success in handling matters such as these throughout Long Island and the New York City area. For more information, contact Leeds, Morelli and Brown, PC at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation.